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Big data and social science: a practical guide to methods by Ian Foster

By Ian Foster

Both conventional scholars and dealing pros collect the talents to research Social Problems.

Big facts and Social technology: a pragmatic consultant to equipment and Tools indicates tips on how to observe facts technological know-how to real-world difficulties in either study and the perform. The booklet offers sensible assistance on combining tools and instruments from machine technology, information, and social technology. This concrete procedure is illustrated all through utilizing a massive nationwide challenge, the quantitative research of innovation.

The textual content attracts at the services of favorite leaders in data, the social sciences, facts technology, and machine technology to educate scholars tips on how to use smooth social technology examine ideas in addition to the easiest analytical and computational instruments. It makes use of a real-world problem to introduce how those instruments are used to spot and seize acceptable facts, follow info technology types and instruments to that information, and realize and reply to info blunders and barriers.

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There are demographic issues and reinforcement effects—retweeting leads to more retweeting in preference to other research—so analysis of numbers of tweets or likes is not always useful. Example: Recommendations A somewhat separate form of usage is direct expert recommendations. The bestknown case of this is the F1000 service on which experts offer recommendations with reviews of specific research articles. Other services such as collections or personal recommendation services may be relevant here as well.

You can see two dictionaries, one relating to Laurence Abbott, who is a senior fellow at the HHMI Janelia Farm Campus, and one for Susan Ackerman, an HHMI investigator based at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. Note that we have also obtained URLs that give more details on the researcher and their research program (research_url and url keys in the dictionary) that could provide a useful input to textual analysis or topic modeling (see Chapter 7). >> data = scrape(response) >> data[0:2] [{’institute’: u’Janelia Research Campus ’, ’name’: u’Laurence Abbott, PhD’, ’research’: u’Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Neurons and Neural...

Provides a search index for scholarly objects and aggregates citation information. Not as complete as Google Scholar, but has an API. Social Media A provider of aggregated data on social media and mainstream media attention of research outputs. Most comprehensive source of information across different social media and mainstream media conversations. Provides an API that allows a user to search for recent tweets and obtain some information on specific accounts. The Facebook API gives information on the number of pages, likes, and posts associated with specific web pages.

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